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Every day during the World Cup, the languagecaster team will be explaining a football phrase or cliché connected to this summer’s tournament. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.[/gss-content-box]

Today’s World Cup phrase of the day is to lack a creative spark. A spark is used to start a fire or to drive an engine – you need a spark in the engine to burn the petrol or gasoline. So a spark leads to energy, heat, movement and power. In football, teams need a spark to play well. Usually there is a moment or a player that provides a spark, gives a creative spark to the team.  To lack, means to not have something, to be short of something. Yesterday, Italy were sent tumbling out of the competion after losing 3-2 to Slovakia. Many of their critics say they lacked a creative spark, there was no-one to give them inspiration. Also, Denmark were beaten by Japan 3-1 and in the game, although they had a lot of possession, they lacked a creative spark, their play was slow and predictable, they had no energy or speed. To lack a creative spark.

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